Mill Spring Ag Center

The Mill Spring Agricultural Center is the home of agriculture in Polk County. It was born out of the abandoned Mill Spring School, a 40,000 square foot building abandoned in 1998 after serving as a primary and high school since the mid ’20s. See More of the School’s History. Over the past 4 and a half years and through over 1,000 volunteers and counting, the building is slowly being restored into a beacon for its community. The Mill Spring Ag Center is owned and operated by the Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District and is not tax funded. Funding for operation is solely derived by refurbishing and then renting out old classrooms as offices and through fundraisers, donations, and grants.

The Ag Center features many amenities and programs:

For Farmers, Gardeners, and Homesteaders & Local Food Lovers

  • Local Food Farm Store (featuring the best of local food)
  • Winter Farmers’ Markets (a place to sell when the winter winds are howling)
  • Polk Equipment Cooperative (bringing together commonly used tools for the use of farmers and gardeners)
  • Demonstration Gardens (featuring a vegetable garden; a medicinal, culinary, and dye herb garden; fruit trees and bushes; hops; hugelkultur; herb spiral; greenhouse; beehive; flower gardens and over 400 unique varieties of roses)
  • Farm Class Series (approximately 15 fall and winter classes and lectures to learn new techniques and methods)
  • Bi-Monthly Chicken Swaps (come buy, sell, and trade some feathered friends)

For the Community & Local Businesses

  • Meeting & Event Space Available (we offer two distinct meeting areas for groups large and small, able to be rented by the hour or the day)
  • Commercial Office Space (spaces vary from small one to two person offices all the way up to large spaces available for artist or small manufacturing)
  • Auditorium (available for rent and for use by the community for plays, graduations, speakers, movies, and more)
  • Weddings & Other Special Events (the Ag Center has played host to four weddings and would love to be a part of your special day)
  • Outdoor Kitchen Rental (featuring gas and charcoal grills and cob oven)